Does that make it the first domestic competition to do so?Originally Posted by Mister Wright
I guess they're here to stay then
They are being used in the Challenger Series in India, i guess they were first, but that isn't the major domestic comp. I think South Africa are also using them and i think they start their season before Australia.
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SpeedBlitz Blues Win Opening ING Cup match
Friday, October 14, 2005
The SpeedBlitz Blues have won the opening ING Cup match of the season against Queensland at the Gabba by 144 runs.
The visitors set Queensland 244 to win the match after being sent in to bat.
Dominic Thornely top-scored with 51 and all-rounder Aaron O'Brien made an unbeaten 50.
The SpeedBlitz Blues were 5 for 148 in the 34th over before Thornely and O'Brien added 85 for the sixth wicket in 14 overs.
Thornely's 51 came from 60 balls with three fours and two sixes while O'Brien's 50 not out came from 56 balls with four fours.
The defending Pura Cup champions finished at 7 for 243 on a pitch offering assistance to the bowlers.
Phil Jaques made 29, Ed Cowan 24, Corey Richards 22, Brad Haddin 27 and Matthew Phelps 16.
Two early wickets to Nathan Bracken put the side in the box seat.
Bracken bowled Australian one-day team-mate James Hopes for seven and had Andrew Symonds caught behind for one.
With the score at two for 50, Queensland then lost two for none, with Doug Bollinger removing captain Jimmy Maher for 34 and Dominic Thornely dismissing Clinton Perren for eight.
Bollinger then went on a rampage, dismissing Andy Bichel, Brendan Nash, and debutant Nathan Reardon.
Bollinger finished with 4 for 31 from ten overs.
SpeedBlitz Blues debutant Aaron Bird claimed his first wicket, dismissing Craig Philipson to leave Queensland at 8 for 80.
Bracken came back to grab the last two wickets in two balls, to give him 4 for 15 from 6.2 overs and Queensland was all out for 99.
Brad Haddin took five catches.
The size of the win gave the SpeedBlitz Blues two bonus points, getting the side off to a perfect start in the ING Cup.
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Qld were pathetic last night. After having NSW 5/150 or something they let them get away. Then the batting was terrible with only Maher providing any resistance. Bracken and Bollinger bowled well, but not well enough to bowl Qld out for 99. Clark was useless though so at least one good thing came out of the match.
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the NSW batting does go fairly deep though, O'Brien is definatley an all rounder.
just two questions for anyone who watched the ING cup game:
1. How fast was Johnson clocked
2. How did Bird look
You dont get clocked at domestic games (unless this has changed?!). Thats why no one ever knew how fast Tait was.
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Originally Posted by Linda
dont think thats changed.
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Originally Posted by aussie
1. Johnson was pacey, but I wouldn't say express.
2. Bird was pedestrian at best, but that was all that was needed the way the Qlders batted.
Yeah, a batting allrounder.Originally Posted by age_master
Tasmania without Bevan, looks like the weakest batting line up in Australia, well done AndyOriginally Posted by Mister Wright
Yes, very much so. And Qld should have bowled them out by now. Still, look at the wickets Bichel got. Cox, Di Venuto, not exactly raw players.Originally Posted by chaminda_00
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